Psalm 97-99 English Standard Version

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The LORD's Dominion and Power

97 The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! 2  Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 3  Fire goes before him and burns up his adversaries all around. 4  His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles. 5  The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. 6  The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory. 7  All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship him, all you gods!

8  Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments, O Lord. 9  For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. 10  O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 11  Light is sown[1] for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. 12  Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!

Praise for God's Righteousness

98 Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2  The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3  He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

4  Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 5  Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! 6  With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! 7  Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! 8  Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together 9  before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

The LORD's Faithfulness to Israel

99 The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! 2  The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples. 3  Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he! 4  The King in his might loves justice.[2] You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. 5  Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!

6  Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called upon his name. They called to the Lord, and he answered them. 7  In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them. 8  O Lord our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings. 9  Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy!

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Footnotes

[1] 97:11 Most Hebrew manuscripts; one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac, Jerome Light dawns

[2] 99:4 Or The might of the King loves justice

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